LKSD Community Grieves the Loss of Akiuk teacher, Fannie Brink

LKSD Community Grieves the Loss of Akiuk teacher, Fannie Brink
Posted on 06/28/2016
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The Lower Kuskokwim School District Community is deeply saddened by the recent death of Fannie Brink, a primary teacher at Akiuk Memorial school in Kasigluk. Fannie passed away on July 21, 2016. A funeral service was held on Monday, July 25, at Akiuk Memorial School in Kasigluk.

Fannie was an integral part of Akiuk Memorial School, where she spent 18 years teaching elementary students. Over the course of her career, Fannie taught hundreds of students, providing them with far more than foundational content and Yup’ik language skills. According to colleagues, she also helped develop in her students a sense of self-worth, perseverance, and other life values.

Fannie modeled perseverance and life-long-learning by remaining a student herself, and continuing to take college classes. “She wanted to show her students that they could do anything they put their minds to,” her funeral program stated.

According to Allison Waska, a preschool teacher at Akiuk, Fannie was, “always pushing us forward. I loved the way she kept our Yupik way of life in everything.”

Fannie is remembered by colleagues, community members, and students as a woman of humor, compassion, and devotion to her students, family, and community.

“Children came first in everything she did,” it stated in the funeral program. “She always made sure that anyone who walked through her door left with a full stomach and a happy memory…”

The Lower Kuskokwim School District community would like to express their gratitude to Fannie for her many years of service to the district and her devotion to her students. We would also like to offer our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.

Bilingual Poster
This bilingual classroom poster, which Fannie created and used with her students, illustrates just a few of the values that she passed on to the young students at Akiuk School. (Photo by Alison Waska, used with permission)

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